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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-Virginia head men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia announced that midfielder Brian Carroll, defenseman Ken Clausen and midfielder Mike Thompson have been selected as team captains for the 2010 campaign.

“I am very proud to announce our captains for the upcoming 2010 season,” said Starsia. “I have been blessed to have been associated throughout my career with young men who demonstrate unique leadership qualities. Brian, Ken and Mikey are strong choices by their teammates and reflect the characteristics of those who have come before.”

Carroll, a senior from Towson, Md., has been a starter in the middle for the Cavaliers since he first stepped on Grounds as a freshman. In 2009, Carroll was fifth on UVa’s potent scoring attack, notching 29 goals at a .322 shooting success rate. Carroll added 10 assists for a total of 39 points on his way to earning third team All-American honors, as well as All-ACC accolades.

Clausen, a senior from Downington, Pa., is another three-year starter who has been a staunch defender for Starsia’s program the past few seasons. He was second on the team with 29 caused turnovers, while picking up 49 ground balls, good for fourth on the squad. Clausen was named a first team All-American for the second consecutive year in 2009.

Thompson, a senior from Richmond, Va., is a durable midfielder who has missed only three games in his career. He tallied two goals and four assists off the bench for the Cavaliers in 2009. Thompson also picked up 26 ground balls and caused seven turnovers.

“Bringing a college team together is a complicated exercise and the leadership from within is what truly sets the tone,” said Starsia, the eight-time ACC Coach of the Year. “If the measure of our success this spring is determined by the selection of our captains, Virginia Lacrosse fans have every reason to be very excited about the opening face-off.”

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